Guilty Gear X: Advance Edition


The surprise Gameboy Advance port of Guilty Gear X features smaller, more condensed sprites. The gameplay stays fairly close to the original, offering a unique fighting game experience on the good old GBA. This version also adds some new modes not seen in the original, including: Tag, Survival, Training, Color Edit Mode, and 3-on-3 VS mode.


The Gears on GBA!?


The standard gameplay elements like Overdrive Attacks, Roman Cancels, Instant Kills, Dead Angle Attacks, and Tech Hits are all present in the GBA version of GGX... making it one of the most advanced fighters on a handheld system to date. Visually, character sprites are very condensed and have lost many frames of animation from their original GGX versions, but still retain most of their signature moves. The music and sound effects also don't hold a candle to the original, and some of the BGM's end up sounding kind of tinny and annoying.


That's Sol VS Axl, for those that can't see.


GGX: Advance
features: Arcade Mode, VS Mode, Training Mode, Survival Mode, and even a Color Edit mode! There's also a "KOF style" 3-on-3 mode and Tag Team mode, something completely new to the series. The tag mode is a bit glitchy, as your character is instantly replaced with your partner as soon as you tag. Fireballs also mysteriously disappear when you tag, so the tag system seems unfinished and leaves much to be desired. The 3-on-3 team mode is more satisfying, allowing you to select a team of 3 members and have them duke it out one by one. For a GBA fighting game in 2002, GGX Advance wasn't the worst fighting game port and had some heart... but certainly doesn't compare original.


Everybody was Kung-fu fighting.


Page Updated: January 5th, 2020
Developer(s): Arc System Works
Publisher(s): Sammy Corporation
Designer(s): Daisuke Ishiwatari
Platform(s): Gameboy Advance
Release Date(s): 2002
Characters Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, Millia, Chipp, May, Jam, Johnny, Baiken, Potemkin, Faust, Axl, Anji, Venom, Dizzy, Testament, Zato-1

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Related Games: Guilty Gear Judgment, Guilty Gear, Guilty Gear X, Guilty Gear XX, Guilty Gear X2 #Reload, Guilty Gear XX Slash, Guilty Gear Isuka, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-GGXrd Rev 2, Guilty Gear -STRIVE-, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Hokuto No Ken, Sengoku Basara X, SNK Gals Fighters, SNK Vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium, Street Fighter Alpha 3: Upper, Street Fighter Alpha 3: Max, Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower

Gameplay Engine  7.0 / 10
Story / Theme  8.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  6.0 / 10
Animation  5.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  5.0 / 10
Innovation  6.0 / 10
Art Direction  6.0 / 10
Customization  8.0 / 10
Options / Extras  7.5 / 10
Intro / Presentation  6.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  6.0 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  5.5 / 10
Characters  8.0 / 10

 6.7 / 10



Final Words:

Before Guilty Gear: Judgment, this was the best handheld version of Guilty Gear to play... and was halfway impressive for the time. Overlooking its obvious visual shortcomings, GGX: Advance is still one of the best fighting games you can play on the GBA... a close second to Street Fighter Alpha 3: Upper
~TFG Webmaster | @FIGHTERS_GEN